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I'm a mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend. I'm a self-taught potter. I make beads from clay and jewelry from my beads. Follow me on my online journal as I toss around ideas from my life and from my studio.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Swap Necklace

We had a pendant swap on Beads of Clay Yahoo Group. We were paired with a partner, we send each other a pendant. We each design something with the pendant we receive. Then send in a picture to our BoC Flikr group This is the pendant I got from Melinda Orr at Orrtec Designs.

Here is my finished necklace. I had a perfectly matched little blue bird bead I had made. I knew as soon as I opened Melinda's package that I wanted to use it with her pendant. I think we must have used the same glaze.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Check out the current monthly challenge at Art Bead Scene Blog April Challenge This is my entry in the April Art Bead Scene Challenge.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


I entered a necklace in the Beads of Clay Tetradic Challenge. I blogged about it here. Well I actually won! and today I received my prizes. A beautiful boxed set of Mary Harding Beads and Pendants. Mary has always been an inspiration to me. I feel like she just walks through a beautiful wooded paradise and just spots these perfect little pearls of scenery and then she goes back to her studio and creates them. These pictures will not do them justice. You have to see her work in person. Her blog is at. I can't wait to create something with these "pearls".

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Custom Gifts

My niece asked me to make small personalized trinket dishes for 7 of her fellow graduates this year. > I'm pretty sure none of them follow this blog. Otherwise I just ruined the surprise. (Dont' tell Shelby, but I did one for her, too.)

She gave me the names and picked the general colors. Usually I don't like doing custom work because a lot of customers don't have a clear vision of what they want until you finish it and then they know what they wanted different. But Shelby seemed to be pleases. All she wanted was that they were each "a little different". I think they came out great.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I think I can, I think I can

I was notified that "beads" by Cindy Dolezal Designs are featured in this upcoming issue of Beads 2010 in the Rings section. I think I see one of my beads on the cover. It's almost completely buried but I think I see it. It's not available til April. I can't wait.